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I'm new to VeggieBoards, and I assume this story has not been posted yet. It's about the new Fox reality game show "Banzai". Please read the following article until it talks about what they did to a chicken, and then read PETA's response.<br><br><br><br><b>Banzai:</b> <a href="http://robots.cnn.com/2003/SHOWBIZ/TV/07/29/apontv.banzai.ap/index.html" target="_blank">http://robots.cnn.com/2003/SHOWBIZ/T....ap/index.html</a><br><br><br><br><b>PETA's response:</b> <a href="http://www.peta.org/alert/automation/AlertItem.asp?id=785" target="_blank">http://www.peta.org/alert/automation...tem.asp?id=785</a><br><br><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Offensive? Appalling? Funny? 'Banzai'!<br><br>
New Fox show take-off of Japanese game shows<br><br>
Tuesday, July 29, 2003 Posted: 9:29 AM EDT (1329 GMT)<br><br><br><br>
NEW YORK (AP) -- Just when this summer's TV shows were about to make you doze off ...<br><br><br><br>
Banzai!<br><br><br><br>
Fox's new Sunday night comedy, "Banzai," is unlike anything else on broadcast television. The fast-paced import manages the breathtaking trick of being offensive, stupid and completely hilarious -- often at the same time.<br><br><br><br>
Narrated by Japanese actors who occasionally show off crude kung fu moves, the series sets up bizarre contests for viewers to bet on at home, if they're not choking back laughter or disbelief.<br><br><br><br>
There's a game of chicken between two elderly ladies steaming full-speed toward each other in wheelchairs: which one will veer off first? A priest, a rabbi and underworked actor Lou Ferrigno face off in a stationary bike race. Then there's the soccer contest between a one-legged kicker and one-armed goalie.<br><br><br><br>
In the very first stunt, viewers were asked to guess how many helium balloons would need to be attached to a chicken before it becomes airborne.<br><br><br><br>
If you guessed 90, you win.<br><br><br><br>
"You brave little chicken! We will never forget you!" host Burt Kwouk says as "Larry" floats skyward, with REO Speedwagon's "Keep on Loving You" on the backing soundtrack.<br><br><br><br>
Animal rights activists were appalled. The National Council on Problem Gambling would like to see viewers urged to bet responsibly. And the Media Action Network for Asian-Americans has complained that the series showcases "the most offensive, negative Asian stereotypes."<br><br><br><br>
"The Shuffle of the Sinful Ladies," where viewers had to pick which of three Japanese women in whiteface wore red panties under her kimono, wasn't a big hit, either.<br><br><br><br>
"I didn't think that was particularly funny," said Aki Aleong, a spokesman for the Media Action Network for Asian-Americans.<br><br><br><br>
His group mounted an unsuccessful effort to block the show from airing in cities with big Asian populations.<br><br><br><br>
" 'Banzai' is not intended to offend anyone," Fox spokesman Scott Grogin said. "It is a satire, a parody of Japanese game shows. It's a spirited show, very tongue-in-cheek, and shouldn't be viewed as anything more than what it is -- a very different kind of game show."<br><br><br><br>
'It's a lie,' but who cares?<br><br><br><br>
A contestant races to stuff dollar bills in her mouth in "Banzai."<br><br>
Different, in this case, also apparently means taking liberties with the truth.<br><br><br><br>
Since most of the episodes shown on Fox are reruns of material already filmed and aired in Britain, it was surprising to see one contestant in a jousting contest introduced as being from Memphis, and another from Boston.<br><br><br><br>
Wow! Some local rooting interests? Don't bet on it.<br><br><br><br>
"It's a lie," admitted Gary Monaghan, the series' creator. The participants are British actors. Fox's response to anyone who objects to a fib that misleads viewers on the show's origination? Get a life, basically.<br><br><br><br>
Fox sees "Banzai" as a parody of Japanese game shows, although Monaghan said that wasn't what he had in mind.<br><br><br><br>
Three years ago, he was trying to invent a betting show at a time British newspapers were filled with stories about organized crime figures from the Far East fixing soccer matches.<br><br><br><br>
That led him to imagining what kind of TV show these mob figures might create.<br><br><br><br>
"It's kind of a surreal place in that land," Monaghan said. "Anything can exist, anything can be a gamble. So you kind of throw out all boundaries of taste and normal, decent behavior and everything is up for grabs."<br><br><br><br>
He pronounces himself shocked that some Asian-Americans are offended. The show has aired for two years in Britain and he hasn't heard any complaints, he said.<br><br><br><br>
The show uses virtually all Asian actors who use their own accents, not exaggerated ones, he said.<br><br><br><br>
"I can understand that Asian-Americans want a realistic portrayal of Asian-Americans on TV," Monaghan said. "But this isn't set in America. It's not realistic. It's fantasy. I don't quite understand it."<br><br><br><br>
Making celebrities uncomfortable<br><br>
The show's racier in Britain. He's proud of one stunt where a crude euphemism for "breasts" is carved in a field, much like mysterious crop formations seen from the air.<br><br><br><br>
He called it "a ridiculous amount of effort for a really cheap joke."<br><br><br><br>
It's not realistic. It's fantasy. I don't quite understand it.<br><br>
-- "Banzai" creator Gary Monaghan on criticism the series has drawn<br><br><br><br><br><br>
But the greatest "Banzai" achievement may be introducing two indelible characters whose main functions are to make celebrities uncomfortable.<br><br><br><br>
"Mr. Shake Hands Man" stands on a receiving line and grips a celebrity's hand, not letting go until the person pulls away. The game is guessing how long that will take.<br><br><br><br>
Similarly, "Lady One Question" carries a microphone, queries a celebrity and fixes her subject with a blank stare. When will the person walk away, weirded out by the unresponsiveness?<br><br><br><br>
"Banzai" performed modestly in its first episode, aired July 13. It was seen by 6.2 million people, according to Nielsen Media Research, but Fox was happy it did well among a target audience of young men.<br><br><br><br>
Four more episodes will air on Sunday nights, for a total of six. If the ratings are good, Fox may come back with more episodes sometime during the upcoming TV season.<br><br><br><br>
Monaghan suggests inviting some friends over to watch. Bring beer.<br><br><br><br>
"In a bizarre way, it's really old, interactive TV," he said. "You don't have to have any computers. You can do it just by sitting in front of the television and shouting at it."</div>
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The show is such crap it's painful. Rude, offensive, embarrassing. The chicken incident was just one of many stunts that were unacceptable. I don't think it will last very long, even the new "reality" shows only have a run of a few weeks. Sure, there are new shows right on their heals, but how many Banzai-style shows can there really be? TV has gotten so bad I can't even bear to watch much anymore at all. At least there used to be mindless, dumbass sitcoms you could blank out to after a bad day at work. Alas, even those have largely been overrun by singing brats, catty chicks, meatheaded oafs.
 

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TV has gotten so bad that I cancelled my cable <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I stumbled upon a minute of this show and quickly stumbled away. I didn't know they did a stunt like the chicken one which is obviously unacceptable.<br><br><br><br>
Popular culture has reached a pathetic low.
 

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I was so offended by the commercials for "American Idol" and "Joe Millionaire" that I refused to watch them. Wait a minute, I wasn't offended by them, I just knew they'd be outright crap.<br><br><br><br>
Im reconsidering buying the second Family Guy DVD set because of "Banzai".
 

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I guess I'm out of it because I've never heard of the show - sounds stupid to me - And I'm with ya on not watching American Idol, Joe Millionaire, etc - I rarely watch TV, and when I do, it's typically Discovery, TLC, History Channel, etc, along with comedy central <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Banzai hasn´t hit Germany. I´m relatively immune, because I don´t have a TV: I`ll have to go to my brother´s home or my parents. In this way I´m very selective.
 

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I think it's stupid. I think T.V. has become so dull and uninteresting and lacks so much in good dialog, that I have been forced to keep the television turned off. As a matter of fact, next week I'm getting rid of it.<br><br><br><br>
Well my fiance may have a problem with that since he loves his Playstation! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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And I had no idea about the chicken incident. It's very sad <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
The 'Which 80s party song are these goths dancing to?' bet was undoubtedly one of my favourites.
 

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Thanks for sharing, Jim O.<br><br><br><br>
Pop culture sucks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsdown.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":down:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/mad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":mad:">
 

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Since I have some time today to write letters, I wrote the following in response:<br><br><br><br>
Gail Berman, President<br><br>
FBC Entertainment Group<br><br>
10201 W. Pico Blvd.<br><br>
Los Angeles, CA 90035<br><br><br><br>
Roland McFarland<br><br>
Broadcast Standards & Practices<br><br>
P.O. Box 900<br><br>
Beverly Hills, CA 90213-0900<br><br><br><br>
Dear Ms. Berman and Mr. McFarland:<br><br><br><br>
I was extremely disappointed to hear about a hen being terrorized for a Fox program called Banzai. I did not see the program, but I read that the hen had about 100 helium balloons attached to it for a ride that some sick minds apparently thought was funny. As an organization that has so much influence on public opinion and culture and as people leading such an organization, you have a moral obligation to at least refrain from promoting cruelty to animals, and perhaps, it could be argued, to instead actively promote animal welfare and other moral behavior in general.<br><br><br><br>
Please, for the sake of common decency, please ban all acts of cruelty, torture, and abuse from your network and make a serious effort to improve the moral content of your programming. Some of the greatest entertainers the world has ever seen have proven that you do not need to be cruel or to dive into sewage, morally, to be hilarious.<br><br><br><br>
Thank you for your consideration of this matter.<br><br><br><br>
Sincerely,
 
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